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Signing of the memorandum

Submitted/Laurence Weatherley

KU recently signed a memorandum of cooperation with the Technical University of Lodz, Poland. Pictured, from left, are Jerzy Petera, professor of chemical engineering, Lodz; Laurence Weatherley, chair and professor, chemical and petroleum engineering, KU; Jan Krysinski, rektor, Lodz; Andrzej Napieralski, vice rektor for promotion of international cooperation, Lodz; and Tomasz Saryusz Wolski, director of the international faculty of engineering, Lodz.

KU to extend collaboration with Polish university

Laurence Weatherley, chair and professor of petroleum and chemical engineering, has initiated the signing of an Agreement of Cultural, Educational and Scientific Cooperation between KU and the Technical University of Lodz, Poland. The agreement comes after a number of years of collaboration with the faculty of process and environmental engineering at the Polish university. The collaboration has resulted in a series of ground-breaking publications in advanced finite element modeling of the behavior of complex multi-phase liquid-liquid reactors.

Chancellor Robert Hemenway signed the agreement on Jan. 23. The memorandum was signed on behalf of the Technical University by the Rektor, Professor Jan Krysinski, at a signing ceremony Jan. 9 in Poland attended by Weatherley.

Working with the Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis, Weatherley and Aaron Scurto, assistant professor of petroleum and chemical engineering, have recently secured National Science Foundation funding to strengthen collaboration with researchers at the Technical University of Lodz in a new project to understand the behavior of ionic liquid solvents. Professor Jerzy Petera's finite element modeling group at Lodz is a key part of the collaboration, which will continue to take advantage of the complementary strengths of the two research groups.

Another component has been the delivery of a series of lectures by Weatherley at the International Faculty of Engineering, which is part of the Technical University of Lodz. The faculty provides instruction in English by international scholars to some of the best engineering students at Technical University. Weatherley's lectures given annually over the past three years have been in the areas of green chemistry and engineering and environmental management.

Weatherley, Scurto and Petera will continue to make visits and have placements at the respective universities for short periods.

More information about the Technical University of Lodz is available at Technical University of Lodz.

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